Transatlantic Poetry Readings On Air

Transatlantic Poetry Community

Posted by Robert Peake.

If, like me, you are thrilled by the idea of being invited into the homes of remarkable poets thousands of miles apart to hear them read their best work, then you, my friend, are living in the right era. That time is now. Since the early days of the Internet, I have been fascinated by… Read more »

Congratulations Again, Pacific University MFA

Posted by Robert Peake.

I flipped open my copy of Poets & Writers this month to discover that Pacific University’s MFA in Writing Program has ranked fourth among the top low-residency MFA programs in the U.S., edging up one place from last year. Congratulations to the faculty, students, and staff who made this possible. What is remarkable is that… Read more »

Me & Coyote by Abby E. Murray

Posted by Robert Peake.

When I ordered Abby E. Murray‘s new chapbook, “Me & Coyote,” I initially forgot that it came as part of the Lost Horse Press New Poets Series, the fourth in a series of book-length collections made up of three chapbooks by three different authors. The other two poets in this book, Jesse Fourmy and Karen… Read more »

Cloudbank Precipitates Great Poetry

Posted by Robert Peake.

“How open to suggestion / they have always been, carrying nothing // with them of the past, content to leave almost / everything behind…” -Christopher Buckley, “New Clouds” I received a complimentary copy of the premiere issue of Cloudbank today. The journal is co-edited by Peter Sears, core faculty in the Pacific Unviersity MFA program,… Read more »

Pacific University MFA Commencement Student Speech

Posted by Robert Peake.

Today I had the honor of giving the student speech at the 2009 Pacific University commencement ceremony. Here is the text of that speech. § Associate Provost Wilkes, Dean Hayes, Vice President Akers, Ms. Washburn, faculty, staff, graduates, alumni, family, and friends–good afternoon. Today we celebrate our completion of the requirements for Pacific University’s Master… Read more »

What I Learned in the Pacific University MFA in Writing Program

Posted by Robert Peake.

I have been asked to give the student speech in the upcoming MFA commencement ceremony. Needless to say, I am honored. I have been meditating on the experience of having completed this remarkable experience, now from a distance of about five months, and looking back over material from my time in the program. One piece… Read more »

Open Thanks to the Pacific University MFA Program and All Who Sail in Her

Posted by Robert Peake.

In the movie, “The Savages,” Laura Linney’s character finds herself in a cheap motel outside of Niagara, having an affair with a married man she doesn’t really like. She sits bolt upright in bed, surveys the tacky decor and annoying middle-aged man beside her, and exclaims in pure bewilderment, “I have an MFA!” It is… Read more »